House Democratic Leader Ron Saunders announces bid for Florida Senate

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House Democratic Leader Ron Saunders withdrew from his re-election campaign on Friday and said he plans to file on Monday to run for a South Florida state Senate seat in District 39, reports the News Service of Florida. The district, the way it was recently drawn, is largely similar to the previous district, including parts of Miami-Dade and several other South Florida counties, and the entire Florida Keys, where Saunders is from. He narrowly lost in a previous race for the Senate seat to Sen. Larcenia Bullard, D-Miami, who is term-limited. However, her son, Rep. Dwight Bullard, D-Miami, is running for the seat, as is former Rep. James Bush of Miami. “I think I have a good shot at it,” Saunders said.

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